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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Several funding options may be possible including: Arts and Humanities Faculty Awards (AHRC),UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students and the British Chevening Scholarships.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Jewish History: Language, Culture and History MA

This new Jewish History pathway is aimed at applicants who do not have linguistic proficiency in a Jewish language. Students benefit from the department's strength in Jewish history, especially the modern history of the Jews in Central and Eastern Europe, the history of Zionism, and the history of the Holocaust.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students construct their own field of study from a wide range of specialisations, and are trained in research techniques that can be applied in future employment, or as preparation for working towards an MPhil or PhD. The programme provides practical instruction in evaluating primary and secondary source material.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies is a major centre for teaching and research devoted to the politics of the state of Israel. The programme is taught by scholars who are internationally recognised experts in the fields of Israeli politics, Zionism, Israeli literature and Soviet Jewish history.

The UCL Library houses a remarkable wealth of Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaica, featuring a number of special collections, including the Mocatta Library, Gaster Papers, and the Lucien Wolf collection.

Students benefit from UCL's central location, with the British Library, British Museum, the Warburg Institute, and the Wiener Library all nearby.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four taught modules of specialisation (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • All modules are optional.


  • Options may include the following:
  • Bible
  • Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism
  • Jewish History
  • Politics and Culture of the State of Israel


All students undertake an independent research project which should be based in part on primary sources. The project culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasional film viewings. Students will be expected to visit the major archives and libraries in the London area, depending on their specific areas of research and interest. Assessment is through unseen examinations, coursework, long-essays, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in an arts or social science subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Candidates are advised to apply as early as possible. Candidates applying for UCL Scholarships or AHRC funding should submit their general application in good time.

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at applicants who are interested in Jewish Studies but do not have linguistic proficiency in a Jewish language. Research councils increasingly demand that candidates for admission to research degree programmes have adequate training, and this MA is excellent preparation for further academic work.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Jewish History at graduate level
  • why you want to study Jewish History at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meet the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Students who have earned an MA in Language, Culture and History have embarked upon a variety of careers. Some have pursued an academic career at the university or secondary school level. Others are active in community service organisations, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Whatever career path graduates might choose, they will be helped by a degree from a university recognised as one of the best in the world.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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